This project is part of an ongoing series of performances (2018 -) where I create representations of columns deconstructed in key sections. Using Basswood, I hand-carve each element of the column.
This work questions socio-political structures and their morality. What does it mean for a woman to hold a column together – to be the support of the support? Futility and struggle come across the development of the performance as the idealistic nature of the column turns into an oppressive, dystopian structure. In this piece, the fragmented pillar is reassembled into an anthropomorphized sculpture that appears to be poetically vulnerable.
Holding One Another stands for the symbiotic relationship between the column and the subject but also the struggle, the sense of responsibility in the face of events, to hold things together, to be the support of something bigger, to abandon one’s own in order to resist and persist.